Genealogy Adventures

Love and lynching in Wytheville: Raymond Arthur Byrd

Hands down, this is the most painful and challenging post I’ve written. If you’re easily upset,…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Giddings / Giddens family of Northampton County, VA

When I stumbled across the marriage certificate for Louis Roane (1848 – 1912, Gloucester County, VA)…

Free blacks in Virginia: The Roanes of St George’s Parish, Accomack, VA

With thanks to Mr D via Ancestry.com, I’ve spent some time in the family history rabbit…

Family marriages in the Reconstruction Era

I’ve been blessed with an ability to see and recognize patterns, trends and inter-relationships hidden within…

Getting closer to the ancestors: Marriage Certificates

There are times when serendipity serves up a little something that’s extra special. An old marriage…